'The Yellow Wallpaper' by Kehinde Wiley at William Morris Gallery, London, UK

22 February 2020

Kehinde Wiley: The Yellow Wallpaper at William Morris Gallery is the artist's first solo show in a UK museum. Featuring six new large-scale female portraits, the exhibition offers a visual response to American novelist Charlotte Perkins Gilman's acclaimed feminist text, 'The Yellow Wallpaper', 1892. Wiley explains, "‘The Yellow Wallpaper' is a work of literary fiction that explores the contours of femininity and insanity. This exhibition seeks to use the language of the decorative to reconcile blackness, gender, and a beautiful and terrible past."

Kehinde Wiley is included in 'British Baroque: Power and Illusion' at Tate Britain

4 February 2020
British Baroque: Power and Illusion is the first exhibition at Tate devoted to the later 17th century and the first to explore baroque art in Britain. The show will be a chance to encounter a rich but overlooked period of art history and to view many works on display for the first time. The exhibition will feature Kehinde Wiley's monumental painting 'Ship of Fools', 2017 which uses classical painting techniques to explore notions of human heroism and frailty. 

Napoleonic paintings by Kehinde Wiley and Jacques-Louis David to be united at the former residence of the French Emperor, Château de Malmaison, Paris, France

9 October 2019
Jacques-Louis David's celebrated 19th-century portrait of Napoleon on horseback will be shown alongside Kehinde Wiley's dramatic homage to the painting for the first time this autumn. Both works go on display at Château de Malmaison in western Paris, formerly Napoleon Bonaparte's private estate, and will travel to Brooklyn Museum, New York in January 2020.

Kehinde Wiley: 'Rumors of War' unveiled in Times Square, New York, USA

27 September 2019
On Friday 27 September, Kehinde Wiley unveiled a monumental public sculpture in Times Square, New York on the Broadway Plaza between 46th and 47th Streets. Following its presentation in Times Square, 'Rumors of War' will be permanently installed on historic Arthur Ashe Boulevard in Richmond at the entrance to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), as a recent acquisition to the museum's world-class collection. An installation ceremony will take place at VMFA on 10 December, 2019.

Kehinde Wiley in 'Michael Jackson: On the Wall' touring to Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA), Espoo, Finland

21 August 2019
Michael Jackson: On the Wall travels to EMMA this Autumn. The exhibition explores Jackson's career and presents almost 100 artworks to show how the singer inspired some of the leading names in contemporary art.

Kehinde Wiley features in 'Less Is a Bore' at ICA Boston, Massachusetts, USA

26 June 2019
Less Is a Bore: Maximalist Art & Design brings together works by contemporary artists that privilege decoration, pattern, and maximalism. Works on display span generations, geographies and a wide variety of media from painting, sculpture and ceramics to dance and furniture design.

Kehinde Wiley will be honoured by the Gordon Parks Foundation this year

4 June 2019
The Gordon Parks Foundation Awards Dinner and Auction will take place on Tuesday 4 June 2019. The evening will also honour Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chelsea Clinton, Carol Sutton Lewis and William M. Lewis, Jr. and Raf Simons.

Kehinde Wiley in '30 Americans' at Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Missouri, USA

1 June 2019
30 Americans at Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Missouri brings together more than eighty works by influential artists from the Rubell Family Collection based in Miami, Florida. Featuring paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography and video, the exhibition presents the perspectives of 30 African American artists who have helped to shape dialogues relating to race, history, beauty and identity in contemporary America.

Kehinde Wiley launches Black Rock Artists Residency, Dakar, Senegal

19 March 2019
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Kehinde Wiley's new multi-disciplinary artist-in-residency program, Black Rock Senegal. Located on the westernmost point of continental Africa, Black Rock will bring together an international group of visual artists, writers, and filmmakers to join Kehinde Wiley at his new artists compound.

‘Kehinde Wiley: Equestrian Portrait of Prince Tommaso of Savoy-Carignan' is part of Santa Barbara Museum of Art's Park Projects

3 March 2019
‘Kehinde Wiley: Equestrian Portrait of Prince Tommaso of Savoy-Carignan' is part of SBMA's Park Projects: a new series of installations using the grand stairwell at SBMA's Park Entrance. Serving as the Museum's main point of access during ongoing renovation, this space has displayed temporary installations of works by contemporary artists since August 2018.

A monumental portrait by Kehinde Wiley has been acquired by the Saint Louis Art Museum

22 February 2019
Saint Louis Art Museum has acquired one of the stand out works from its recent exhibition, ‘Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis' (23 November 2018-10 February 2019). The monumental portrait ‘Charles I' will be installed in the museum's contemporary galleries this summer alongside works by artists including Nick Cave, Kerry James Marshall, and Faith Ringgold. This painting is one of two works in the exhibition that the artist based on a 1633 portrait of the English king by Daniel Martensz Mytens the Elder

Kehinde Wiley’s new portrait ‘Jacob de Graeff’ (2018) has been acquired by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma, USA.

15 February 2019
Kehinde Wiley's new portrait will headline the reopening of OKMOA's second-floor galleries this Spring. Part of an exciting new presentation of the museum's permanent collection, the painting will be on display in a new portrait gallery featuring works by Anthony Van Dyck, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and George Bellows.

Kehinde Wiley features in ‘Dreamweavers’ presented by ‘Swizz Beatz’ Dean and UTA Artist Space, Beverly Hills, California, USA.

13 February 2019
Examining the shifting boundary between fact and fantasy, the works included in 'Dreamweavers' are deeply psychological and provocatively imaginative. With a focus on contemporary politics, the exhibition centres on the ongoing struggle for social stability. Featuring artists whose work sits within today's powerful Black renaissance, the exhibition attests to passionate resistance in the face of widespread feelings of oppression.

Kehinde Wiley in '30 Americans', a group exhibition at Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, USA

2 February 2019
'30 Americans' surveys the work of contemporary African American artists from the past three decades. Drawn from the Rubell Family Collection, works on display range from painting, to sculpture, installation, video and work on paper. The exhibition was first staged in 2008 at the Rubell's warehouse in Miami, and has since travelled to museums throughout the USA, with each given the opportunity to curate a unique exhibition from the Collection's extensive holdings.

Kehinde Wiley features in ‘On Their Own Terms’ at Windgate Centre of Art and Design, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, USA.

17 January 2019
‘On Their Own Terms' displays the work of 37 African-American artists, from the nineteenth century to the present day. The exhibition displays the work of well-known artists, but also talents who have been hitherto overlooked. The title comes from conversations about who gets to be an artist, and how now well-known artists like Charles Porter and Robert Duncanson were making work despite experiencing great hardship as black artists.

Kehinde Wiley in 'Michael Jackson: On the Wall' travels to Grand Palais, Paris, France

23 November 2018
A year after showing at London's National Portrait Gallery, ‘Michael Jackson: On the Wall' travels to the Grand Palais in Paris, France. Dedicated to the King of Pop, the show explores Jackson's career and the visual artists he inspired. The exhibition features Wiley's 'Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II (Michael Jackson)', 2010.

Kehinde Wiley at Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri, USA

19 October 2018
'Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis' stems from by visits that Wiley made to the city in 2017. Through a process of street casting, Wiley invited strangers that he met in neighborhoods in north Saint Louis and Ferguson to pose for his paintings. The artist then created eleven original portraits that are inspired by carefully chosen artworks in the Museum's collection.

Kehinde Wiley in ‘Beyond Borders: Global Africa’, at University of Michigan Museum of Art, Michigan, USA

11 August 2018
Featuring contemporary and historical artworks from UMMA's African art collection as well as private and public collections, ‘Beyond Borders: Global Africa' challenges the way we collect, research and display African art. Exploring topics from colonisation and migration to racism and African identity, the exhibition asks what it means to make ‘African' art and to be an ‘African' artist today. This exhibition includes Kehinde Wiley's, ‘On Top of the World' (2008).

Kehinde Wiley in 'Michael Jackson: On the Wall’ at National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

28 June 2018
This landmark exhibition explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art. The exhibition will include 'Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II (Michael Jackson)' by celebrated American painter Kehinde Wiley. This monumental oil on canvas portrait was commissioned by Michael Jackson in 2008 but he did not live to see the painting finished.

Kehinde Wiley's 'Ship of Fools' acquired by Royal Museums Greenwich, London

26 April 2018
Stephen Friedman Gallery is thrilled to announce that the major painting ‘Ship of Fools' by Kehinde Wiley has been acquired by the Royal Museums Greenwich to be housed in their permanent collection. This marks the first European institutional acquisition of work by the artist, and was purchased with financial support from the ArtFund, UK. The painting shall go on immediate display at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Kehinde Wiley Named In The 2018 TIME 100

19 April 2018
Stephen Friedman Gallery congratulates Kehinde Wiley on being named in the 2018 TIME 100.

TIME editors have said of the list in the past, "The TIME 100 is a list of the world's most influential men and women, not its most powerful, though those are not mutually exclusive terms. While power is certain, influence is subtle. As much as this exercise chronicles the achievements of the past year, we also focus on figures whose influence is likely to grow, so we can look around the corner to see what is coming."

Kehinde Wiley at Skirball Cultural Centre, Selections from The World Stage: Israel

20 March 2018
'Spotlight-Selections from Kehinde Wiley's The World Stage: Israel', displays the artist's masterful use of pastiche. The show consists of two large-scale paintings and an eight-minute video, describing the struggle of Ethiopian Jews in Israel to obtain equal rights

The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery Unveils Official Portrait of President Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley

12 February 2018
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to announce the unveiling of Kehinde Wiley's portrait of President Barack Obama for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. The portrait was revealed at a private ceremony at the museum on 12 February and joins the Portrait Gallery's permanent collection. Wiley's painting will be permanently installed in the Portrait Gallery's "America's Presidents" exhibition on the museum's second floor.

Stained Glass Windows By Kehinde Wiley At BOZAR Centre For Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium

7 February 2018
Five stained glass windows by Kehinde Wiley go on display at BOZAR in Brussels. Wiley is fascinated by the iconography of the sacred and here centres his stained glass windows around representations of vulnerability in Christianity.

Premiere of 'Narrenschiff' at the British Film Institute on London's Southbank

18 October 2017
Kehinde Wiley's new film 'Narrenschiff' will premiere at the British Film Institute on London's Southbank on Wednesday 22 November, 8:35pm

The film will be installed for the duration of the artist's second exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery from 24 November 2017 - 27 January.

The Final Instalment of 'Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic' opens at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, USA

17 June 2017
A retrospective of nearly sixty paintings and sculptures that celebrates Kehinde Wiley's career opens for its final iteration. The exhibition has toured from: Toledo Museum, Ohio; Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Virginia; Seattle Art Museum, Washington; Modern Art Museum Fortworth, Texas; and Brooklyn Museum, New York where it opened in February 2015.

Kehinde Wiley in 'Harlem: Found Ways' at Ethelbert Cooper Gallery, Harvard University, USA

24 May 2017
In Harlem: Found Ways, the Cooper Gallery presents artistic visions and engagements from recent decades specific to Harlem, New York City. Each artwork employs a distinct set of inquiries and innovative strategies to explore the Harlem community's visual heritage as it grapples with the challenges of gentrification. The fifty-five works, including work by Kehinde Wiley, are anchored by photographer Dawoud Bey's t...

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic' travels to Toledo Museum, Ohio, USA

10 February 2017
A retrospective of nearly sixty paintings and sculptures that celebrates Kehinde Wiley's career opens for its next iteration. The exhibition has toured from: Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Virginia; Seattle Art Museum, Washington; Modern Art Museum Fortworth, Texas; and Brooklyn Museum, New York where it opened in February 2015.

The exhibition runs from 10 February until 14 May 2017.

Kehinde Wiley at Toledo Museum

Kehinde Wiley: Lamentation' at Petit Palais, Paris, France

20 October 2016
For his first solo show in France, Kehinde Wiley presents ten monumental works in stained glass and oil on canvas. Wiley continues his exploration of religious iconography in reference to Christ and for the first time the figure of the Virgin Mary. Six windows will be installed in the Great Gallery at Petit Palais, alongside four monumental paintings that will dress the walls of one of the rooms of the nineteenth century collections on the ...

'Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic' travels to Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona, USA

7 October 2016
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic presents a stunning retrospective of the artist's prolific career through nearly 60 paintings and sculptures.

Kehinde Wiley's work raises intriguing questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture. Appropriating the format of specific paintings by renowned master...

Kehinde Wiley in '30 Americans' at Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan, USA

18 October 2015
Kehinde Wiley features in '30 Americans', a showcase of contemporary art by African American artists drawn from the acclaimed Rubell Family Collection based in Miami, Florida. The exhibition looks at issues of racial, political, historical and gender identity in contemporary culture and will feature 55 paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs and video created by many of the most important African American artists ...

Kehinde Wiley in 'San Diego Collects' at Museum of Contemporary Arts, San Diego, USA

26 September 2015
Featuring a selection of works from private collections around San Diego, this exhibition aims to recognize that the cultural resources of the city are thriving not only within the walls of San Diego museums, but also through the efforts of many committed individuals. With a glimpse into private collections, San Diego Collects showcases the diversity of art the region has to offer. Works by both established and emerging, as well as international and local artists, attest to the fullness of the community's collecting spirit.

Kehinde Wiley in 'Portraiture through the Ages' at Agnew's Gallery, London, UK

3 July 2015
Kehinde Wiley's portrait ‘Archangel Gabriel' goes on display at the historic Agnew's Gallery in London for a group show titled ‘Portraiture Through the Ages'.

Thomas Agnew & Sons was established by Thomas Agnew in Manchester in 1817, and opened its London gallery in 1860, where the firm soon established itself as one of Mayfair's leading dealerships. Since then Agnew's has held a pre-eminent position in the world of Old Mas...

Kehinde Wiley in 'Hip-Hop, du Bronx aux Rues Arabes' at l'Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

28 April 2015
Kehinde Wiley features in a new exhibition at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris which is celebrating hip-hop culture by revealing its journey from the Bronx to the Arab streets. Curated by the rapper from Marseille Akhenaton, the exhibition retraces the history of this unique culture from its beginnings in the United States in the 1970s, through its re-appropriation in France in the 1980s, to its development in the streets during the Arab Spring. Nearly a hundred works by American, French and Arabic artists will be exhibited alongside archival documents sides and the Graffiti General book will be part of the exhibited works.

Major survey exhibition, 'Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic' at Brooklyn Museum, USA

20 February 2015
Kehinde Wiley will be the subject of a major survey exhibition, Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, at the Brooklyn Museum. The works presented will raise questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture. The exhibition includes an overview of the artist's prolific fourteen-year career and fea...

Kehinde Wiley in 'Open this End' at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA

19 February 2015
An exhibition of both iconic and lesser-known works from some of the most significant and compelling artists of the last 50 years, Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne will trace a number of intertwined narratives in the history of recent art. These narratives include Pop and Conceptual Art, Minimalism, body-oriented performance art, the Pictures Generation, identity politics and psychologically-inflected figurative works. The exhibition's title comes from a 1962 painting by Andy Warhol, a gift from Blake Byrne to The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the earliest work in the show. Guest curator Joseph R. Wolin utilizes the strengths of Byrne's collection to chart a broad but personal overview of contemporary art, while also providing a window into the collector's personal vision.

Kehinde Wiley Awarded US State Department Medal of Arts

21 January 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry will present Kehinde Wiley with the US State Department Medal of Arts, in honour of his "substantive commitment to the U.S. State Department's cultural diplomacy outreach through the visual arts".

Screenings of 'Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace'

5 August 2014
On 19 February ‘Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace' premiered at the Reel Artists Film Festival in Toronto. Since then the film has been screened at festivals and arts events across America - and there are more screenings to come. The film was also awarded 'best short documentary' at this year's SXSW Festival in Texas, USA.


'Kehinde Wiley: Memling' travels to Taft Museum, Ohio, USA

11 July 2014
‘Kehinde Wiley: Memling' travels to the Sinton Gallery at Taft Museum in Ohio. Organised by Phoenix Art Museum the exhibition is the latest series by American artist Kehinde Wiley.

Kehinde Wiley Teams Up with Grey Goose to Make 'Modern Kinds of Culture' Series

25 June 2014
Kehinde Wiley recently teamed up with Grey Goose Vodka to launch their new Le Melon flavor by painting a series of works called Modern Kings of Culture. Each painting was created with Wiley's signature technique of remixing master paintings with a modern eye, playing with ideas of power and privilege by placing urban youths in classical poses. First, filmmaker Spike Lee's portrait was revealed during the launch in New Yor...

Kehinde WIley to Receive Award at Brooklyn Artists Ball

16 April 2014
On Wednesday 16 April Kehinde Wiley is to receive the Asher B. Durand Award at the Brooklyn Museum Artists Ball. The Brooklyn Museum's most anticipated event of the year celebrates Brooklyn artists and the borough's thriving creative community. This year, Brooklyn Museum will award its highest honour to development visionaries and art patrons Jane and David Walentas, and recognize acclaimed artists Jenny Holzer, Ai Weiwei and gallery artist Kehinde Wiley.

Kehinde Wiley in 'Aspects of the Self: Portraits of our times' at Center for the Arts, Virginia, Tech, USA

21 March 2014
'Aspects of the Self: Portraits of Our Times' featuring gallery artist Kehinde Wiley alongside artists including Andy Warhol, Alex Katz, and Cindy Sherman, traces the evolution of how many of the most prominent artists of our times have presented the self in not only painting and photography, but in 3-D and virtual or internet-based works of art.

Kehinde Wiley in 'Face to Face' at Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana, USA

20 March 2014
The Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana is featuring gallery artist Kehinde Wiley in an exhibition celebrating 50 years of extraordinary artistic accomplishment. In celebration of their 50th anniversary, the YAM is proud to feature a major endeavor that integrates regional artists with the international art scene and reinforces the ways in which the local is found in the universal (as well as vice versa). This major exhibition curated by the YAM's Senior Curator Bob Durden that will explore new approaches to portraiture, the epitome of personal, reflective art forms.

Kehinde Wiley in 'Fútbol: The Beautiful Game' at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA

2 February 2014
As a subject, football touches on issues of nationalism and identity, globalism and mass spectacle, as well as the common human experience shared by spectators from many cultures. Celebrating the sport on the eve of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the exhibition includes approximately thirty artists from around the world, working in video, photography, painting and sculpture.

Kehinde Wiley to Receive the Cultural Leadership Award from American Federation of Arts

29 October 2013
Each year, the American Federation of Arts presents the Cultural Leadership Award to individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to supporting art and museums, both nationally and internationally. This year, Kehinde Wiley will be receive the award.

Kehinde Wiley in 'Eye to I... 3,000 years of Portraits' at Katonah Museum of Art in New York, USA

27 October 2013
Kehinde Wiley's portraits will be amongst works by Pablo Picasso, Cindy Sherman, Chuck Close and others in 'Eye to I... 3,000 years of Portraits' at Katonah Museum of Art in New York.

Kehinde Wiley to be Q&A artist at Tate Britain, London, UK

15 October 2013
Kehinde Wiley will be in conversation with Tate Collective to mark his first UK exhibition 'The World Stage: Jamaica' here at Stephen Friedman Gallery. The talk unpicks themes within Kehinde Wiley's work, focusing on evolving notions of identity and cultural influence, globalisation and youth culture, as well as exploring his practice as a contemporary painter within portraiture and the wider international art scene.


Stephen Friedman Gallery to celebrate Kehinde Wiley, 'World Stage: Jamaica' in Brixton, London, UK

11 October 2013
Stephen Friedman Gallery put on a special event for artist Kehinde Wiley's 'World Stage: Jamaica' project on Friday 11 October 2013 in Brixton, London to celebrate Wiley's first ever UK solo exhibition.

Kehinde Wiley in 'Masculine/ Masculine. The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the Present Day' at Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France

24 September 2013
Kehinde Wiley is to feature in the group exhibition 'Masculine / Masculine. The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the Present Day' at the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

Kehinde Wiley, 'The World Stage: Israel' at Boise Art Museum, Idaho, USA

22 June 2013
Gallery artist Kehinde Wiley continues his World Stage series, centred here on the people and country of Israel. 'The World Stage: Israel' is part of the artist's series exploring the global black diaspora and the international phenomenon of urban youth culture. Paintings in exhibition are based on photographs the artist took of men of diverse religions and ethnicities living in Israel.

Kehinde Wiley in Group Exhibition, '30 Americans' at Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin, USA

14 June 2013
Gallery artist Kehinde Wiley features work in a group exhibition '30 Americans' at Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin. The exhibition explores contemporary American art. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, video, and more made by African American artists since 1970 raise questions of what it means to be a contemporary artist and an African American today.

Kehinde Wiley, 'The World Stage: Israel' at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, USA

26 February 2013
Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977) has turned the art of portraiture into an international cultural performance, reordering connections between art and politics, and between power and class, by creating grand portraits of black urban men from around the world. One of today's most globally-focused artists, he is known for his bold series The World Stage, which simultaneously explores the black diaspora and the international phenomenon of urban youth culture in which his models find their identity.

Kehinde Wiley in 'Through the Eyes of Texas: Masterworks from Alumni Collections' at Blanton Museum of Art, Texas, USA

24 February 2013
The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin presents Through the Eyes of Texas: Masterworks from Alumni Collections, an exhibition of nearly 200 extraordinary objects from the art collections of University of Texas at Austin alumni across the country. Marking the occasion of the Blanton's fiftieth anniversary, this special survey will include ancient Mayan vessels, tribal masks, Chinese jade, Renaissance paintings, and Old Master prints and drawings, showcased alongside modern and contemporary works by major artists such as Claude Monet, Georgia O'Keeffe, Ed Ruscha and Kehinde Wiley.

'Kehinde Wiley: Memling' at Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona, USA

20 February 2013
'Kehinde Wiley: Memling' represents a new series of work by the young American painter at Phoenix Art Museum. These eight portraits take their poses and contexts from the works by the legendary 15th century Flemish master Hans Memling but Wiley has substituted contemporary sitters for the historical figures.